Q: Where are the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq folks on Afghanistan?

Posted: March 30, 2009 in Uncategorized
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A: On Obama’s staff:

CAP and the five million member liberal lobby group MoveOn were behind Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI), a coalition that spent tens of millions of dollars using Iraq as a political bludgeon against Republican politicians, while refusing to pressure the Democratic Congress to actually cut off funding for the war. AAEI was operated by two of Barack Obama’s top political aids, Steve Hildebrand and Paul Tewes, and by Brad Woodhouse of Americans United for Change and USAction. Today Woodhouse is Obama’s Director of Communications and Research for the Democratic National Committee.

H/t John Nichols.

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Comments
  1. Does that surprise you at all, DC? I admire your genuine commitment to nonviolence you expressed in our numerous exchanges last week, even if our opinions differ on the best way to deal with the situation in Afghanistan; however, there are many people who supported anti-war movements and activities in this country solely because they offered a way to stick a thumb in the previous administration’s eye. Now that the Democrats are in charge of the show, well, it is different, somehow, of course.

    Obama campaign volunteers canvassed neighborhoods around the country last week on behalf of the administration (they didn’t come to my house, fortunately) asking people to sign a petition supporting the President’s budget proposals; maybe in a few months, the same people will stop by and ask us to sign a petition affirming our support of the Troops fighting in Afghanistan. . .

  2. dcrowe says:

    however, there are many people who supported anti-war movements and activities in this country solely because they offered a way to stick a thumb in the previous administration’s eye. Now that the Democrats are in charge of the show, well, it is different, somehow, of course.

    This is why I left D.C.

    I’m not surprised re: Obama…if folks listened carefully (or just actually listened at all) during the campaign, and even during the President’s very good anti-Iraq war speech that launched him into the national spotlight, he was very clear about his relation to the question of war as a foreign policy tool.

    I was a little surprised by the extent to which AAEI staff had been absorbed into the administration, and I think most folks who are against war in general might be wondering where the hardcore organizing focus went. Obviously I suspected much of it had been co-opted or had been focused just on the Iraq war, but I didn’t expect it to this degree.

    Regarding the larger phenomenon…not surprised at all. I’ve worked for very senior Democrats, and one day I found myself writing the latest of a long line of press releases arguing that killing folks in Country X was bad, but in Country Y, some folks needed killing. It became apparent that the disagreements were either tactical or cynical, but never foundational. So I left.

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